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  • Orthodox woman, a first

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    In a groundbreaking appointment, the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR,CA), has selected Tamar Frankiel as its new president, making her the first Orthodox woman to lead an American rabbinical school.

    Frankiel, 66, is a professor of comparative religion and an expert...

  • AJR’s Rabbi Gottlieb leaving academic posts, will shift focus to writing

    By Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    AJR’s Rabbi Gottlieb Leaving Academic Posts, Will Shift Focus to Writing

    Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, president of the Academy of Jewish Religion, California, who last year co-founded a Jewish-Christian-Muslim graduate school, is leaving his academic posts to devote himself to writing full...

  • Academy of Jewish Religion offers alternate path to rabbinate for 16 new grads

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This year in Los Angeles, the Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Region ordained 16 new rabbis. The Conservative Movement's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies ordained 10. And the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR, CA) ordained 11.

    Never heard of...
  • Thirst for Judaism binds group together across border

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We were near the desert, somewhere past the Salton Sea, when Daniel (Dany) Mehlman, a 48-year-old Conservative rabbi, summed up the situation.

    "OK," he said, "we're going to rendezvous with a man I've never met, go with him to a Mexican city I've never been to, then spend the...

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  • Jews still have big role in changing L.A. political scene

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was not so long ago that Los Angeles City Hall and the Los Angeles Unified School District school board were filled with Jewish elected officials. The first winning Jewish candidate of the 20th century, Rosalind Wiener (later Wyman) was elected to the council in 1953. From then...
  • L.A.‘s gourmet kosher makeover

    By Amy Klein

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the new Shilo's steakhouse on Pico Boulevard, concentric circles of color surround the caviar: green onion on the outside, yellow egg yolk sprinkled on the inner rim, followed by chopped egg whites peppered with blinis and tortillas and topped ceremoniously by a mound of...
  • Key Jewish California lawmakers return to powerful roles in new Congress

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The 2006 congressional election that brought the Democrats back to power on Capitol Hill was a moment filled with meaning for four Jewish lions of California politics -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Reps. Henry Waxman (Los Angeles) and Howard Berman (Van Nuys)....
  • Come dive with me—Israeli skydivers training in SoCal

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You do it ... you can never go back," Israeli Sharon Har-noy said recently of her passion for the sport of skydiving. She and teammate Adi Freid met with a reporter during a break from training at Perris Valley Skydiving, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

    Har-noy and Freid...

  • Letters to the Editor

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Festivals of Yore

    Rob Eshman does not have to apologize for sounding like a cranky old-timer in his lament about the Jewish festivals of yore ("A Bigger Sunday," May 27). Much has changed since I participated in the Rancho Park festivities with my children. If attendance at...

  • Midlife Calling

    By Julie G Fax

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For years, Min Kantrowitz resisted the pull. Sure, the books on her nightstand were more likely to be a reference guide to the Talmud rather than the latest best-seller. But a rabbi?

    When the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) opened in Los Angeles in 2000, Kantrowitz resisted no...